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About Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat

Wake up to mind-blowing views of the ocean, beach, rare mangroves and forest-lined Mdumbi River!

This small, family-run gem of a holiday spot lies on the eastern side of the Mdumbi River mouth and is located in the rural Pondo village of Mngcibe, Eastern Cape, Wild Coast.

The incredible views and access to the beach and river in this un-spoilt rural area makes this an ideal laid back place to visit for families, friends, couples and all nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Freedom O Clock can sleep 17 people indoors and also offer camping space.

Discovering the safe, secluded, pristine beaches, river estuaries, rare white mangrove swamps and other Wild Coast treasures make the 2 hour trip from the main road well worth it. Coffee Bay is just 45 minutes drive away and there is a very scenic 3 hour hike between Coffee Bay and Mdumbi.

Freedom O Clock is owned and managed by Otto, Lu and little Coral-Bella, who all have a great love for nature and the ocean. "We love hanging out with guests, sharing info on the area, enjoying a cold one on the deck while watching astonishing sunsets and sharing stories about the days adventure around the fire."

It must be noted that Freedom O Clock is completely off the grid water grid and rely only on harvesting rain water. The area only recently received electricity. We try to stay off the grid as far as much as possible and make use of solar power for lights and charging of devices. Refrigeration is run off electricity and we use gas for the stoves.

Freedom O Clock strives for a Zero Waste Journey. There is no municipal infrastructure in the area and no municipal dumps in our nearby towns (believe it or not). Therefore, we request our guests to seriously consider the use of "convenience packaging" and non-reusable / refundable bottles.

For those who have not yet travelled to the Wild Coast it should be pointed out that you will be travelling in an under-developed region. The variety and quality of goods and services you may be accustomed to are not always readily available. We are set in a remote and primitive region, where even the provision of fresh water can not be taken for granted. If you prefer luxury to comfortable living then Freedom O Clock may not be for you.

As the name implies, Freedom O' Clock gives you just that, freedom to do as you want and when you want, freedom to just chill, do nothing, zero, nada. Simply meaning to lie around on the beach all day, read to your heart’s content, just sit around and sleep all you want.

Freedom O Clock Backpackers is responsibly 420 friendly.

Beach: Incredible ocean, beach and river views from all our rooms. Our beach was also rated SA's best beach by Getaway magazine.

Family friendly: As we are family run, we love having other families share in our paradise and beautiful outdoor lifestyle. The area is extremely safe and you can feel secure in knowing that your children can play "outside the gates.

Romantic: If your idea of romantic is Mother Nature...picnic on a secluded beach or a sunrise pancake breakfast on a rolling green hill overlooking the ocean, then look no further.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Beach
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
  • 24H. Check In
  • Bathroom
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Lunch
  • House Keeping
  • Patio
  • Shower
  • Surf
  • Eastern Cape
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat Rooms

Reviews for Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat

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Sarah Oosthuizen
20 November 2020

Very much off the beaten track and this should be stated in the add

Chris Correia
16 January 2020

We left early due to the inclement weather we were well received and hosted by Otto and were included as family

James Schmidt
09 January 2018

The owners are incredibly friendly people, always up for a chat and never to busy to help. Just be aware that the place is very rustic and the roads going in and out are in a very poor state.

Siobhan Oelofsen
24 November 2017

Incredible place! A little piece of paradise on the edge of the world. Lu and Otto are fantastic hosts with a truelly magical thing going on at this backpackers. The road there was a tad tricky but only adds to the adventure and for the views and tranquillity totally worth it. Accommodation was nice and clean and profered meals home cooked and tasty. Would recommend sticking around more that on one night for the full experience and to properly unwind.

Jacoline Roux
19 September 2017

We LOVED it here, so remote, untouched ... real freedom from the clock!!

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Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat is 1.2km from the centre of Mdumbi Beach , the nearest airport 73.6km (Mthatha Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling